The Law School Admission Council (LSAC or Law Services), the test makers, outfitted the exam to measure the critical reading and analytical thinking skills necessary for success in your first year of law school.
The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) consists of 175 minutes of multiple-choice testing and a thirty-minute writing sample. On the LSAT, you will be required to think - thoroughly, quickly, and strategically.
You will receive one overall score for the LSAT, ranging from 120 to 180 (there are no separate section scores). Plus, you will also receive a "score band," which is a range of scaled scores above and below your score, indicating a "true score" at a reasonable level of confidence. Lastly, there's your percentile score, which ranks your performance relative to that of a large group of other test takers.
Taking the Test
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Directions: Each group of questions is based on a set of conditions. You may wish to draw a rough sketch to help you answer some of the questions. Choose the best answer for each question and fill in the corresponding space on your answer sheet.
Exactly four statues are lined up on the floor of a wax museum, on pedestals numbered 1 through 4, from left to right.
- Two of the statues are male figures, while the other two are female figures.
- Two of the statues represent famous athletes, one a famous gangster, and the other a famous inventor.
- Exactly one of the four statues glows in the dark.
The statue that glows in the dark occupies either the first or the fourth pedestal. An athlete statue occupies the second pedestal. There is at least one pedestal occupied by a male figure between the two pedestals occupied by female figures. One of the athlete statues glows in the dark.
Which one of the following must be true of the third pedestal?
- A female figure occupies it.
- A male figure occupies it.
- The gangster statue occupies it.
- An athlete statue does not occupy it.
- Its statue glows in the dark.
Answer: Rules 1 and 4 both mention the glow-in-the-dark statue, so you can zero in on those rules to make the key deductions:
With one athlete concretely placed by Rule 2 on the second pedestal, the other athlete (the glow-in-the-dark statue) must occupy pedestal 1 or 4. With the two athletes placed, pedestal 3 must be occupied by either the gangster or inventor.
This question shows you the value of thinking through the situation up front: It allows you to scan the choices and quickly zero in on the answer. We're asked what must be true of the third pedestal, and we just deduced that pedestal 3 must be occupied by either the gangster or inventor, so it certainly can't be occupied by an athlete; therefore, (D) is the correct choice.